It’s not what I see or how I see but that I see. In this stillness that is aware, everything appears, and I am aware of it. There is an I that knows how and why and what, but what sees I is a conscious still space that is aware that there is awareness of … Continue reading Brilliance of Stillness
The sun is not out there. "Out there" is a quality of the sun. The name "sun" is a quality of the sun. Size and shape are qualities of the sun. The location (i.e., the sun's orientation relative to everything else) of the sun is a quality of the sun. From zero, there is no … Continue reading No Distance
The great paradox is when you see what you really are, fear evaporates. The dream is seen for what it is, insubstantial and illusory but beautiful and miraculous. The answer to "what am I?" is unanswerable for the mind, but a direct experience of spacious awareness, is freedom. Go ahead and take a look. Try an experiment and discover the selflessness of awareness and the illusory self. Let the egoic fear of a no-self evaporate in the experience of your true self.
The most enlightened, realized, fully awake person on the planet still has to discover what life is like from a radically new perspective. In an absolute, non-dual sense, all our answers are found in what we are, which is everything there is. Sometimes we need a little help seeing past our conditioned limitations. The recognition of headlessness, what is at zero, space for the world was a powerful, mind-altering revelation. I hope it does the same for you. Your first reaction may be, "so what?" but don't let that frustrate you into not looking again. It may take a while to unravel what you have worked so hard to construct.
The traditional interpretation of Jesus' story is mankind is sinful and needed a savior. Some denominations teach that we are born with original sin, inherited from Adam, and there is no hope of being sinless. The sinless part is important because God can't tolerate sin and must punish the sinful. This is where Jesus comes in. He is a human sacrifice for the sin of the world. So the manger picture is a reminder that this child was born to be killed as a sacrifice to God for the shortcomings of mankind.
What if we missed it? What if that isn't what Jesus' intended as his message?